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What products in your home are causing the most injuries? What are the hidden dangers?
A study by Dr Kirsten Vallmuur (formerly McKenzie) at CARRSQ , QUT identified that children up to 6 years of age are at most risk of injury around the home. Consumer products causing the most injuries in this age group include prams, strollers, cots, high chairs, baby change tables, bunk beds, trampolines and magnets.
The data showed that there are almost 100 injuries a year from baby change tables, and 1 in 5 of those toddlers needed to be hospitalised. Almost 300 kids a year were treated for injuries related to bunk beds, with 4 to 6 year olds most commonly hurt. Read more...
When more than one powerful magnet is swallowed, they are attracted together while in the intestines. When this occurs they can cause a blockage or tear through the tissue and these perforations can be deadly. There are nearly 50 cases of magnet-related injuries in Qld emergency departments each year with the majority of these children between the ages of 3 and 8 years. These powerful magnets have cause injuries and deaths all over the world and specific types of small magnets have now been banned. See the ACCC warnings and bans. Strong magnets are still found in jewellery and other household items accessible to children, as well as some older children’s toys. Keep all magnets in your house out of reach of children or dispose of small, strong magnets responsibly.
Around 150 children in Queensland each year either fall from a stroller or pram, are entrapped causing amputation or asphyxia, or are injured when the pram rolls away. Just over half of the children injured are babies less than a year old. Over 90 percent of pram and stroller related injuries are falls due to the child not being strapped in and slipping out, the child standing in the pram and falling out, the child strapped in the pram and the pram falling down the stairs, or the pram falling over due to being knocked over by another child or horse or dog. Most of the injuries recorded were to the head and neck and for the younger babies - traumatic brain injuries. So when using a pram or stroller the key safety messages are: never leave a child asleep and unsupervised in a pram; always use the built-in harness and buckle the child in; do not wrap the baby and place the harness over the wrap; use the brake when stopped; use the wrist strap so the pram doesn’t roll away from you; do not overload the carry basket or put bags on the handles; and purchase a pram that meets the Australian Standard.
Over 80 percent of the 110 cases of high chair injuries each year are due to falls where children are not secured in the high chair and just over 4 percent of injuries were the result of the high chair tipping over. Just over 90 percent of the injuries were to the head and nearly a quarter of these were traumatic brain injuries. Most of the injured are children under 2 years of age. The recommendations when purchasing and using a high chair are: only buy a high chair that has a five point harness attached to the frame and use it to strap the child in every time the high chair is used; buy a high chair that is sturdy and stable with splayed legs; if there are wheels on the legs they must have locking devices; ensure a collapsible high chair is securely locked into position so it doesn’t collapse with the child in it; never leave the baby unattended in a high chair; and do not place the high chair close to hazards such as hot liquids, windows, blinds or other appliances or cords.
Other ‘hidden’ hazards around the home include TVs, bookcases, dressers, stoves, water coolers and other furniture toppling over onto children; strangulation from blind cords; falls from windows and verandahs; burns from heaters, kettles and tea and coffee; burns from microwaves, burns from electric treadmills; and collisions with various items of furniture. Download your Kidsafe Home Safety Checklist and have another look around your home and identify hazards and call Kidsafe for information on safety devices and injury prevention advice.
Tomato plants – are they safe for children to grow?
The simple answer is yes. In Australia accidental death from plant poisoning is rare and, in fact, only three deaths have been recorded over the last 35 years in the 0-14 age group. The plants involved were the berries from the white cedar and yellow oleander fruit. However there are many plants that can make your child sick enough to be admitted to hospital. The Queensland Poisons Information Centre field around 20 calls a day about children eating plants, so it is extremely important to teach your child never to put stems, leaves, flowers or berries from plants in the garden into their mouth.
Getting back to tomato plants... the tomato plant belongs to the Solanaceae family and includes other common kitchen varieties such as potatoes, eggplants and capsicums. As with many plants, the leaves and stems do contain a small level of toxin. Children are not put off by horrible smells and, once something is in their mouth, they are just as likely to swallow it as spit it out. However, according to the Qld Poisons Information Centre, they have no records of children eating enough of the green parts of the plant to get seriously ill.
There is tremendous value in children growing fruit and vegetables and helping to pick the herbs and tomatoes and when older helping to make the salad or sandwich. Encouraging the selection and eating of fresh fruit and vegetables is part of developing good eating and nutritional habits. At the same time they are being taught which part of the plant is edible and that without an adults guidance and permission they must not put any part of any plant in their mouth.
If you are unsure what plants are growing in your garden, take some cuttings to your local nursery, download the Kidsafe Queensland Poisonous Plant fact sheet (compiled with the assistance of professor John Pearn, the Qld Herbarium and the Qld Poisons Information Centre) or visit the Qld Poisons Information Centre.